Thursday, January 31, 2008

In the first round of Fantasy Fights from the Infinite Wars, Marvel proved their overall superiority in fifteen seperate battles that culminated with your vote deciding their fate. Now, with DC vanquished, the Marvel Heroes are back to tangle with some old enemies: The world warriors of Capcom's Street Fighter!

By popular demand the Fantasy Fights are sticking around for seven more rounds of non-stop non-canon action! When the characters met in the video games, they were united against common goals, but this time some of Marvel's greatest fighters will be initiated as they duke it out for supremacy over the SF classics!

Strength: Iron Man 6 (Invincible)
Intelligence: Iron Man 5 (Professor)
Speed: Bison 3 (Athlete)
Stamina: Draw 6 (Generator)
Agility: Bison 2 (Average)
Fighting Ability: Bison 5 (Martial Artist)
Energy Powers: Draw 5 (Lasers)

The Hook...
If you didn't much like Tony Stark through the recent Civil War, then you're going to love this hook. In fact, chances are, you're already salivating for better or worse as it dawns on you that we're comparing Tony Stark, Director of SHIELD, to the dictatorous villain of the Street Fighter universe -- Bison.

IRON MAN unmasked: Cover art to IRON MAN #3 by ADI GRANOV!Actually, that's probably the extent of it.
While Tony Stark pressed the issue of the superheroes registering with SHIELD; Bison popularly employed cyborgs in the Street Fighter II movie to monitor the movements of martial artists in the street fighting circuit. Their machinations, though motivated from different perspectives, were designs of domination.

Bison's arsenal of technology is typically more subtle, machines such as the psycho-drive are responsible for complimenting his own energy based "psycho power." Bison, as leader of Shadaloo, has also engaged in extensive programs involving brainwashing and cloning, both key to Cammy White's veiled origins.

During the Civil War, Iron Man was involved in cloning the deceased Norse God, Thor; while also acting in secret as a member of the Illuminati.

The Math: Iron Man Ranking: Iron Man (#4)

The Battle...
Much like Superman/Sentry, the outcome of this one was left to you guys.
Like that scenario, I tend to think Bison/Iron Man could go either way. Personally, my leanings are toward Bison, but I might be letting my arcade notions of the characters get in the way of the scale of what goes on the page.

Given their positions in respective organizations, you almost imagine this kind of confrontation would be almost impossible without some kind of accompanying succession of skirmishes, or a surrounding battle involving minions and heroes.

Despite a statistical divide, Bison's not going to have any trouble matching the physical power of the Iron Man armor. In fact, it's hard to imagine Bison entering this kind of fight any other way than as the confident intimidator. No doubt the swapping of verbage would precede any fisticuffs, and it would probably involve Bison's proliferating about the strength of his psycho power, and the futility of Tony Stark's retorting claims to stop him.

Bison's going to be cagey at first, controlling the fight through evasion and taunting as the Iron Man armor darts for ghostly remnants. A homing weapon fired forces Bison to cease the cat and mouse tactics, even though it fails to connect, easily deviated by psycho-manipulation.

IRON MAN attempts to talk down a terrorist recipient of EXTREMIS: Seen in IRON MAN #3!The contemporary politics of Iron Man could probably lead him to formality of ordering Bison a final chance to surrender, which he's going to pay for, lest characterization disguise the fact that Bison can fight.

IRON MAN suffers a taste of his own handiwork at the hands of EXTREMIS: Seen in IRON MAN #3!The Shadaloo boss launches into an acrobatic display of sommersaulting kicks and offensive aerial descents laden with psycho energy. The heavy attacks rattle Stark, exposing his more limited fighting skills. Bison gets a little cute, pausing to mock the beseiged Avenger who retaliates with a wreckless repulsor blast.
Bison frustrates IM further, deflecting the bast straight back at him.

With his opponent on the ropes, Bison prepares to finish the fight with his patented finishing move, the psycho-crusher. The energy supported dive smashes a rising Iron Man, and though his armor sustains substantial damage, Tony Stark manages to rise once again.

It's here that the endurance of the invicible Iron Man's armor sees him over the line. Analytical systems help Stark time his retaliation as Bison again launches into a psycho-crusher, this time flying face-first into a full blast chest beam!
IRON MAN pummels CAPTAIN AMERICA into submission, having taken a beating of his own: Seen in CIVIL WAR #3!Iron Man continues, attacking the toppled Bison full power with more unfettered blasts.

Iron Man is unrelenting, blasting Bison into the ground with a certain satisfaction. While SHIELD agents, I don't know, dismantle the psycho-drive? Iron Man pummels the Shadaloo boss into submission the old fashioned way, before taking him into custody for imprisonment in the Negative Zone.

The Hammer...
Well, there you have it!
Even though we roughly doubled votes from sixteen to thirty-seven, there seems to be a distinct Marvel bias here, because once again you've decided it should be Marvel that triumphs over adversaries in the Fantasy Fights!

I think we've had a lot of fun with imaginary battles, but after a slow recovery in January, I think we'll try to bring the focus back to what the Infinite Wars are all about: Canon fights and lengthy dialogues and discussions!

That's not to say we've seen the last of the Fantasy Fights. No, sir!
While we normalize over February, I want to hear from you guys! February will be our opportunity to open the forum (or comments section) to the War Mongers who've already thrown a request or two my way.

This entry, along with the upcoming February Punch-Up, will be your opportunity to submit Fantasy Fights by request! Simply cook up an interesting combination not already covered, and come up with a hook a paragraph or so long to tell us all what makes this such a juicy combination! Remember, you don't have to be a registered Blogger to comment, so everyone's welcome!

While you guys are coming up with those, I'll be heading to the Punch-Up!
Stay tuned for the first top five of 2008, along with Spider-Boycott: 2008 discussion, more on Street Fighter, and all the action in the Super Stock!

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